Are Caucus Delegates Better Informed Than the General Electorate?

Kelly Patterson, a Professor of Political Science at BYU, recently posted an article on Utah Data Points titled “Who is a Better Filter, Caucus Attendees or Primary Voters?  The point of Patterson’s article was to demonstrate empirically that the caucus system did not generate better (or at least more informed) political outcomes than a primary — i.e., that the representative caucus system acted as a superior “filter” compared to the direct primary.  Patterson relied on a survey testing voters’ knowledge of Utah and national politics an ran a comparison based…

Can we improve elections and keep the caucus? Yes, we can

As you’re well aware, the Count My Vote effort is working to try and diminish the power of political parties in choosing their own nominees. In the process, they’re proposing radical changes to electoral processes that would greatly restrict ballot access and prevent many candidates from even running. While there is always room for improvement in our electoral process, CMV is merely a change, not an improvement. I’d like to propose a system of changes that would improve candidate selection while preserving the power of political parties to select their…

The little-known Count My Vote poison pill

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Count My Vote organizers practically live by this motto. They’ve been swift to capitalize on the sinking approval ratings of Senator Mike Lee and the fiasco of John Swallow’s brief time as our Attorney General. Their argument is that we wouldn’t have gotten either result with direct primaries (nevermind that primary voters are the ones who picked both nominees). Curiously, their proposal doesn’t just limit itself to changing over to a primary election. It also imposes some onerous new requirements that create…